All drivers are usually aware of the majority of well known driving laws. Such as speeding, if you drive over the speed limit, then you might expect a fine. However, there are some laws that are a little less known. These laws may result in some drivers unwittingly breaking the law and facing a fine.
Leaving dirt on your car
When your car gets extremely dirty, so that the number plate cannot be read, you’re committing an offence under the Road Vehicles Regulations 2001. This is due to the inability for officers or other road users to read your number plate. Similarly, if the dirt has obscured or covered any of your car lights, this can be deemed as driving a vehicle in dangerous condition. This is due to the fact you would not be able to see, and others would not be able to see you.
Leaving snow on your roof
Additionally, leaving snow on your car’s roof is a normality on the day to day within the cold winter snowy months. However, did you know that you could be fined up to £60 and receive three penalty points on your licence for leaving it on your roof. The reason for the fine is if it slides forward and obscures your windscreen or falls off the back and lands on another vehicle. The charge would be for driving without due consideration or driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.
Driving with pets
If you transport your pet around with you regularly, as many pet owners do, you need to ensure they’re secured. Whether that be within a crate, on a bed in the boot or strapped with a harness onto the backseat. A loose pet within a car can be deemed as distracted driving, and you can receive a £100 fixed penalty fine and three penalty points. Additionally the court could increase this to £5000 and nine penalty points.
Using an unsecured navigation device
Using a handheld mobile phone while at the wheel of a car is now a well known driving offence. However, this can also apply to the use of an unsecured navigation device. Whether you’re using your mobile phone in a holder or a specific navigation device, if it is not secured to the car, you could be subjected to a £200 fine and six penalty points.
Another point to be mindful of is how you mount your phone or navigation device. Having an obscured view or not having a full view of the windscreen can cause a penalty of up to three points.
Driving without your glasses
There are information codes on the back of driving licences. These show the restrictions on vehicles people can drive. Also, if they are required to follow any other rules, such as wearing glasses to drive. We’ve all quickly gone to the shops in our comfy clothes after forgetting something. However, if you’re caught driving without your glasses you could be fined £100. In more severe cases if injury or accidents occur it could be increased to £1000 and six penalty points.
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